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The Home Court Advantage

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The Home Court Advantage

Village Psychic

Nearly every skateboarder has their home base spot. The place where you and your friends meet up, maybe as launch pad for a day of different spots, or maybe to sit around, bullshit and skate flatground. For us it was the Hennepin County Government Center. It had ledges, stairs, a good wall for wallies, it was in the dead center of Downtown Minneapolis, and if you stayed behind the wall the security guards wouldn't see you. These types of spots come and go, but nearly every city has them. 

There is something about footage of someone skating their own turf that feels relatable. All the friends there to cheer them on, the way they know every crack in the sidewalk and the best way to grind a ledge. Maybe, like in more traditional sports, this is due to a home court advantage. Josh Kalis recently took to Twitter to voice his opinions on traveling all over the world to film video parts. There is no denying that seeing the Girl/Chocolate team skating EMB or Lockwood had a different feel to it than Plan B skating China, and this is due to so much more than just wheel size, pant size and camera quality. It is an energy and feeling. His tangent got us thinking, and we selected some of our favorite video parts filmed of skaters on their home turf:

 

Guy Mariano - Mouse - 1996: Lockwood is the most iconic L.A. skate spot of the 90's. Guy's part from Mouse is one of the most iconic parts from the 90s. There are a handful of spots in this part that could have made this list (The Venice pavilion), but the tricks he was doing here at that time were so futuristic that we'd be remiss if we left it out. Watch any Girl/Chocolate production and this spot is going to be all over it. Guy went on to do some freaky lazer flips here in the later part of his career, which one could argue is taking it a little too far, but there is no denying that Guy really knows how to skate this spot. 

 

Henry Sanchez - Sight Unseen - 2001: San Francisco has always had tons of recognizable skate spots, and 3rd and Army is a classic. Roughly 35% of this video part is filmed at the spot, with ledge tricks, wheelies, and stairs all being utilized. Henry Sanchez has been a key factor of SF since the early 90's and has produced a lot of footage from a handful of spots, but the footage from this spot in this part is our favorite. 

 

Mike Carroll -  Goldfish - 1994: EMB is THE San Francisco spot. So many different video parts have been filmed predominantly here, but the last line in Mike Carroll's Goldfish part just makes you wish you were part of this scene. Everyone running and cheering him on, the click of the bricks, the sun starting to set and Carroll's casual slip-outs all serve as reminders that Mike Carroll is the coolest and that the 90's were a great time for skating. 

 

Travis Wood - Big Man on Campus - 2014: Travis Wood skates the University of Minnesota exclusively in this part, but none of the spots you would expect to see on campus. He seeks out the stuff that most of us would pass by and not think much of. This part isn't so much about the spot, but the area, and discovering the nooks that most people hadn't.

 

Greg Clover - Boondoggle - 2008Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis is block after block of marble, truly a skateboarders dream. Greg Clover got clips at a handful of spots on Nicollet, all within blocks of each other, giving this part a real 'street' feel. 

 

Dane Vaughn - Ride or Die - 2015Not only does Dane film a full video part at one spot, it was on some vintage Bones Brigade shit and filmed in a day. What is better than skating the entire block and interacting with pedestrians?

 

Dan Drehobl -  Damage - 1996: The China Banks in San Francisco have a reputation of being exceptionally hard to skate. Dan Drehobl skates them so effortlessly in this part and in so many different ways that his time spent on these bad boys is abundantly clear.

 

Rob Welsh - Ryde or Die Vol. 1 - 2001: San Francisco's Pier 7 is an absolute classic home base spot - manual pads, ledges, benches for chilling and tons of eccentric people wandering around. Rob Welsh is from Maine, but he solidified his position as an iconic SF skater in this part. 

 

Bobby Worrest - Hometown Turf Killer - 2014: Pulaski Park in Washington, DC has been home to a handful of East Coast legends, from Reese Forbes to Pepe Martinez (RIP) to Darren Harper, but it is Bobby Worrest who we'd like to focus on. Last year he filmed a part exclusively at the park and showed us what he is capable of at his hometown stomping ground, prompting a collective 'WOW' from the internet.

 

Stevie Williams - The Reason - 1999: Love Park in Philadelphia made Stevie Williams the skateboarder he is today. With the exception of two tricks at Pier 7 and one trick at the Brooklyn Banks, his entire part was filmed at Love, the epitome of a home base skate spot.